Articles by: Conrad Brunner
 

  • Luis Scola scored 20 points off the bench. (Photo: Jessica Hoffman/Pacers)

    After internal strife, Pacers take fight to Hawks

    Brunos Blog, Pacers April 23, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Whether it can be sustained remains to be seen but, for one night, the Pacers turned their angst inside-out and used it to punish the opposition, rather than themselves. Paul George responded to a challenge from a talkative Jeff Teague to have a huge game at both ends of the […]

     
  • The Indiana defense must work to get the ball out of the hands of Atlanta point guard Jeff Teague (Photo: Icon SMI)

    Pacers must find themselves, or season will be lost

    Brunos Blog, Pacers April 22, 2014 at 8:16 am

    There will be changes. You might see Paul George defending Jeff Teague, at times. You might see a smaller lineup, at times. You might even see a zone defense, at times, although the Pacers have used it so rarely, even in practice, you might not recognize it as such. As […]

     
  • Paul George makes a move on Atlanta's DeMarre Carroll. (Photo: Jessica Hoffman/Pacers)

    Pacers know formula but must solve Hawks’ variables

    Brunos Blog, Pacers April 21, 2014 at 10:04 am

    If misery loves company, the Pacers are not alone. Five road underdogs won Game 1s over the weekend: Portland (in Houston), Washington (in Chicago), Golden State (in L.A.) and Brooklyn (in Toronto). Of course, none of the home teams looked quite as wretched as the Pacers in falling 101-93 to […]

     
  • Jeff Teague sails by George Hill for two of his 28 points.

    No shrugging off Pacers’ Game 1 performance

    Brunos Blog, Pacers April 20, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Under normal circumstances, one bad game could be shrugged off, particularly when it is the first of the postseason. These are not normal circumstances. This is an Indiana Pacers team on the brink of one of the most maddening, saddening collapses in franchise history. All they had to do in […]

     
  • Keeping Atlanta point guard Jeff Teague out of the middle of the defense will be key for the Pacers against the Hawks. (Photo: Icon SMI)

    Pacers-Hawks keys begin with Teague

    Brunos Blog, Pacers April 19, 2014 at 8:26 am

    If you look at the disparity in seeding (one vs. eight) and record (56 wins vs. 38), you might get the impression the Pacers shouldn’t have much trouble with the Hawks in their first-round series. And you’d be wrong. The Hawks present a variety of challenges for the Pacers, primarily […]

     
  • What to expect from Pacers? Anything possible

    What to expect from Pacers? Anything possible

    Brunos Blog, Pacers April 18, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Jeff Van Gundy still thinks the Pacers are the favorites to win the East. Reggie Miller isn’t sure they’ll make it to the conference finals. Kenny Smith wouldn’t be surprised if they lose in the first round. And so the uncertainty of just what should be expected from these Pacers […]

     
  • George Hill and Roy Hibbert  both can make up for bad regular seasons in the Pacers' playoff run. (Photo: Icon SMI)

    Playoffs a referendum on Pacers’ future

    Brunos Blog, Pacers April 17, 2014 at 10:03 am

    What begins Saturday night in Bankers Life Fieldhouse is much more than a first-round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks. For the Pacers, this postseason is a referendum on the futures of several key figures in the franchise: Larry Bird, Frank Vogel, Roy Hibbert and George Hill. It begins with […]

     
  • Roy Hibbert has struggled mightily against Atlanta's Pero Antic this season. (File photos)

    Pacers, Hibbert must counter Hawks’ Pero pressure

    Brunos Blog, Pacers April 16, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Jeff Teague can cause problems with his speed, Paul Millsap with his versatility and Kyle Korver, of course, with his shooting stroke. But the key to the Pacers’ first-round series against the Atlanta Hawks is a 31-year-old rookie from Macedonia. That’s right: Pero Antic. For whatever reason, the 6-10, 260-pound […]

     
  • C.J. Watson has racked up 38 points in three games since returning from injuries. (Photo: Icon SMI)

    Watson, bench could be key for Pacers vs. Hawks

    Brunos Blog, Pacers April 15, 2014 at 8:49 am

    C.J. Watson’s absence wasn’t the reason the Pacers fell into their funk. But his return certainly could help get them out, just in the nick of time. With Miami’s 114-93 loss to Washington Monday night, the Pacers secured the top seed in the Eastern Conference and a first-round playoff matchup […]

     
  • Bird believes Pacers priority is regaining edge on D

    Bird believes Pacers priority is regaining edge on D

    Brunos Blog, Pacers April 14, 2014 at 10:04 am

    While most of us have been obsessing about the anemic offense, Larry Bird has looked at it a little differently. As the Pacers president sees things, his team’s ability to fulfill his lofty postseason expectations begins with a tighter defense. In a one-on-one interview with Dave Furst of WRTV-6 that […]